With the food discounts that restaurants are offering during Hamptons Restaurant Week, it is a great time to experience their wine selections and the recommended pairings.
Everyone on the East End looks forward to Hamptons Restaurant Week -- it is the time when we try out new restaurants and revisit our favorites. These menus are designed to give diners a wonderful opportunity to explore our local chefs culinary creations and to experience the restaurants overall.
Pairing wine with food not only brings a certain level of enjoyment to a meal, but can turn an everyday dish into a memorable and exciting experience. I had a wonderful opportunity this week to try wine pairings with some of this week’s specials at and the .
Michael Nolan and Chef Gretchen Menser of Fresno presented a three course tasting menu, excerpted from their vast restaurant week menu. While all three were well paired and delicious, the standout for me was the salmon tartare and the Channing Daughters Sauvginon Blanc. Both the dish and the wine could easily stand on their own, but when combined there was a beautiful spike in citrus and herbal flavors. The wines’ tangy acidity emphasized the salmons’ silky texture and left my palate looking for the next bite.
My next stop was at the 1770 House where I was greeted by Carol Covell and Michael Cohen. The pairing of choice was the Lieb Cellars Pinot Blanc and the local pan roasted skate, served on a bed of edamame risotto with a generous drizzle of ginger-miso-sauce.
Skate is a delicate, flaky fish that needs a wine of similar attributes to complement, but not overpower, the meal. Here the edamame and miso brought forth the more subtle floral and herbal notes of the pinot blanc, allowing the tenderness of the fish to be enjoyed. This is a medium bodied wine, with a nice clean and refreshing finish.
Both of these pairings show exactly what a great wine pairing should do, leave you wanting for more. So while you are enjoying the wonderful offerings of Restaurant Week, please take advantage of the recommended pairings as they were chosen to enhance your dining experience.
Kelly Matis is a Certified Sommelier, CMS at Restaurant in East Hampton.